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Filming of a performance - red weather balloon release, Dune State Park, IN.
Filming of Sand Hill Crane migration - Jasper Pulaski Park, IN. Interviews - National Weather Service, Davenport Iowa - Meteorologist and Astrophysicist, also documentation of weather balloon release, soundings and computer model building for projected storms. Interview - University of IL, Chicago - Biologist - focus on habitat fragmentation and fringe effects.
Found Footage - Mathematician and Physicist - focus on stratosphere cooling. Filming of Lake Michigan, Chicago shoreline - frozen water and the power of waves.Filming of Spring peeper frogs at a wetland in Beverly Shores, IN.
November 23rd, 2008 is an experimental documentary about the dichotomy between established paths – the natural and technological. A running sequence made up of three interwoven parts - land, atmosphere and
water- initial images explore the blatant contrast between the simple experience of release and the contradictory, systematic explanation given by science.
This questioning lead me on a further experiential and dialogical journey exploring varied themes from landscape status and fragmentation, to more topical subjects within the field of climatology and biology. I also more closely
examined the effect of change upon the natural landscape, ecological systems and inhabitants from human
Even more questions persist as the film continues. Explored are vast expanses of water, atmospheric science,
invasive species relationships, the ultimate connection of all systems, and the consequential chain reaction of even the slightest change. Also analyzed is how we process and synthesize information, and attempt to
understand the overwhelming effect of the information age upon the land and it’s inhabitants. Utilizing things such as human invented tracking devices and means in addition to documented routes, mainly represented are ideas of safety, surveillance and exploration in relation to loss of freedom and mystery.
Is getting lost possible or beneficial in the modern, scientifically prevalent world?